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December 15, 2003
Luis Pena Rain couldn't keep 5,000 people away from the 25th annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk. The event had strolling carolers, face painters, clowns, high school bands, a bungee jump and other activities. The event is to introduce the merchants to the citizens of the community and vice versa, said Linda Leonhard, executive director of the Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce. "It generates holiday spirit and holiday festivities for the community of Corona del Mar," Leonhard said.
FEATURES
By Amanda Pennington | November 26, 2006
Every year growing up, Amanda Shipkey, 16, and her dad decorated their Costa Mesa house to the hilt for Christmas. They spared no expense and didn't leave a twinkling, colored light unlit. But when Amanda's dad, Steve Shipkey, died of a heart attack at the age of 48, she understandably didn't feel like diving headfirst into the Christmas spirit like she once did. "Mostly I used to watch my dad do it all with some of his crew members — he was a fisherman," Amanda said.
NEWS
January 27, 2002
Young Chang Tim Wood and his family spent this past Christmas in a packed Chinese restaurant in London, England. They didn't opt for turkey or even Western fare. Instead, the Woods ate kung-pau chicken, dim sum and a noodle dish that Tim Wood can't readily remember a month later. "It was the only [restaurant] that was open," the Newport Beach resident said. "But we did notice that the Vietnamese restaurants were open as well, which was actually a surprise."
NEWS
November 11, 2002
Paul Clinton With people staying at home for entertainment in the post-Sept. 11 world, Joe Fiscella expects a merry holiday season for sales of pool tables and other gaming equipment. If his projection materializes, it would be a dramatic turnaround from last year's dire winter at Triangle's Game Room Gallery. "Last Christmas was the worst I've ever seen," Fiscella said."[Sept. 11] just gave it the one-two. It just killed everybody's Christmas spirit."
NEWS
December 18, 1999
A TRADITION UPROOTED We think we should never see, a Christmas without a tree. So that's why we've rested easy every Christmas. Each year without fail, Great Grandpa Harry Noonan and his Christmas tree lot help brighten our holiday spirit. But now we're sorry to hear that because of new development, the lot Harry & Co. have been using to hawk their seasonal pines and firs for the last 50 years will no longer be available after this year. However, we're not too worried.
NEWS
December 8, 2003
Luis Pena Wet and cold weather couldn't keep nearly 1,000 people from showing up to the seventh annual Balboa Island Holiday Walking Tour. Residents open up their homes to guests so that they can see the holiday decorations. The proceeds of the event go toward the Balboa Island Improvement Assn., which uses the funds for improvements to the island such as teak benches and potted plants around the perimeter of the island for beautification purposes, said Meagan Marriott, publicity chairwoman for the event.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 20, 2012
The scene was quiet in a large lot off Bristol Street, not far from where the 55 Freeway meets the 73. On that weekday afternoon of clear blue skies, there were a handful of workers, no customers and plenty of room for expansion. The remaining inventory of Christmas trees needed only a small corner of that unpaved and barely noticed slice of Costa Mesa. In future days, the acreage likely will be built upon, and no longer will have room for selling Douglas firs. But in the meantime, it's the holiday home base of Noonan's Christmas trees, a family business since 1944 that was started after Harry Noonan Sr. got home from World War II and there was nothing for him to do. Nowadays, four generations of Noonans are carrying on with the tradition that Harry Sr. took part in until he died.
NEWS
December 23, 2003
Ah, the joys of the holidays. Right after Thanksgiving, we start creating our Christmas card. The purpose, according to my children, is to cause them embarrassment throughout the United States. I just want something you don't see at the Hallmark store. This year, both objectives were met, as my kids grace the front of our card as sparsely-feathered birds. The fun doesn't stop there. We make hundreds of truffles that put Godiva to shame. This year, my family claimed membership in labor unions I hadn't heard of previously.
FEATURES
By Joseph N. Bell | December 9, 2009
When I reach the current stage of the Christmas holidays — 15 more shopping days ’til Christmas — I tend to get morose. So much to do, so little time to do it. And not a few recriminations for allowing all this, as usual, to reach a crisis state. At such an impasse, I compensate by making lists, a fresh one every day, that offer a sense of progress without really accomplishing anything. Today‘s list, for example:  Get down the three boxes marked “Xmas” in the garage.
NEWS
December 18, 1999
Tom Titus For theatergoers to truly get into the Christmas spirit, sometimes it takes a little more than the traditional holiday offerings found at local playhouses. Sometimes you need something unfamiliar, even offbeat, to get the job done. Costa Mesa's New Voices Playwrights Workshop offers the unfamiliar, the offbeat -- even the downright bizarre -- in its third round of original one-acts with a holiday theme, "Another 10-Minute Christmas," being presented this weekend at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse.
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By Bradley Zint | December 20, 2012
The scene was quiet in a large lot off Bristol Street, not far from where the 55 Freeway meets the 73. On that weekday afternoon of clear blue skies, there were a handful of workers, no customers and plenty of room for expansion. The remaining inventory of Christmas trees needed only a small corner of that unpaved and barely noticed slice of Costa Mesa. In future days, the acreage likely will be built upon, and no longer will have room for selling Douglas firs. But in the meantime, it's the holiday home base of Noonan's Christmas trees, a family business since 1944 that was started after Harry Noonan Sr. got home from World War II and there was nothing for him to do. Nowadays, four generations of Noonans are carrying on with the tradition that Harry Sr. took part in until he died.
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NEWS
By Todd Perkins | December 16, 2009
Those convinced that American culture is obsessed with celebrity have been given plenty of support in recent months. Shameless publicity stunts, conspicuous party crashing, questionable family planning, and other attempts at warrantless fame have been top stories, when not superseded by the latest celebrity gossip. In the past, such actions would have been embarrassments, but now they are seen as the ticket to the next reality show. So it’s refreshing for me to see that, right here at home, many of our children are still grounded in a different reality, one that seeks to provide comfort and hope to others who are in need.
FEATURES
By Joseph N. Bell | December 9, 2009
When I reach the current stage of the Christmas holidays — 15 more shopping days ’til Christmas — I tend to get morose. So much to do, so little time to do it. And not a few recriminations for allowing all this, as usual, to reach a crisis state. At such an impasse, I compensate by making lists, a fresh one every day, that offer a sense of progress without really accomplishing anything. Today‘s list, for example:  Get down the three boxes marked “Xmas” in the garage.
NEWS
By Amanda Pennington | December 3, 2006
CRYSTAL COVE — It was truly a Southern California Christmas on Saturday here as volunteers, employees and guests helped decorate a 14-foot Christmas tree practically on the sand at the Crystal Cove Cottages. With sunshine and temperatures well into the 70s outside the Beachcomber restaurant, people hung round ornaments, angels and stars on the tree in anticipation of Saturday night's 10th annual coastal tree lighting and Historic District outdoor cottage holiday decorations.
FEATURES
By Amanda Pennington | November 26, 2006
Every year growing up, Amanda Shipkey, 16, and her dad decorated their Costa Mesa house to the hilt for Christmas. They spared no expense and didn't leave a twinkling, colored light unlit. But when Amanda's dad, Steve Shipkey, died of a heart attack at the age of 48, she understandably didn't feel like diving headfirst into the Christmas spirit like she once did. "Mostly I used to watch my dad do it all with some of his crew members — he was a fisherman," Amanda said.
NEWS
December 26, 2003
LOLITA HARPER I don't mean to toot my own horn but I am one generous person. It must have been the spirit of Christmas that came over me because each time I executed an ill-conceived pool shot, I set my opponent up for an easy drop. "Merry Christmas, Richard," I shouted during the fifth and final game of pool at Games Plus, on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. I ran into Richard and his friend, "Pablo." That wasn't his real name. He started to utter his real name as we shook hands on the smoking patio but then stopped himself.
NEWS
December 23, 2003
Ah, the joys of the holidays. Right after Thanksgiving, we start creating our Christmas card. The purpose, according to my children, is to cause them embarrassment throughout the United States. I just want something you don't see at the Hallmark store. This year, both objectives were met, as my kids grace the front of our card as sparsely-feathered birds. The fun doesn't stop there. We make hundreds of truffles that put Godiva to shame. This year, my family claimed membership in labor unions I hadn't heard of previously.
NEWS
December 15, 2003
Luis Pena Rain couldn't keep 5,000 people away from the 25th annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk. The event had strolling carolers, face painters, clowns, high school bands, a bungee jump and other activities. The event is to introduce the merchants to the citizens of the community and vice versa, said Linda Leonhard, executive director of the Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce. "It generates holiday spirit and holiday festivities for the community of Corona del Mar," Leonhard said.
NEWS
December 8, 2003
Luis Pena Wet and cold weather couldn't keep nearly 1,000 people from showing up to the seventh annual Balboa Island Holiday Walking Tour. Residents open up their homes to guests so that they can see the holiday decorations. The proceeds of the event go toward the Balboa Island Improvement Assn., which uses the funds for improvements to the island such as teak benches and potted plants around the perimeter of the island for beautification purposes, said Meagan Marriott, publicity chairwoman for the event.
NEWS
November 11, 2002
Paul Clinton With people staying at home for entertainment in the post-Sept. 11 world, Joe Fiscella expects a merry holiday season for sales of pool tables and other gaming equipment. If his projection materializes, it would be a dramatic turnaround from last year's dire winter at Triangle's Game Room Gallery. "Last Christmas was the worst I've ever seen," Fiscella said."[Sept. 11] just gave it the one-two. It just killed everybody's Christmas spirit."
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